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Great turn out for St Bees RNLI open day.

Lifeboats News Release

Despite the very windy conditions and the threat of rain a record number of people came down to the beach for St Bees RNLI’s open day and the annual West Cumbria Wildlife Trusts Festival of the Sea.

Some of the many visitors to the lifeboat station

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Visitors at the lifeboat station

The poor weather and a possibility of rain did not put off the large number of people who visited the lifeboat station. The RNLI Ladies Guild were handing out teas and coffee from cups kindly donated by Hartley Beach Café. They were also giving out badges, stickers and leaflets on how to have fun and stay safe by the sea. The tombola proved very popular and longtime RNLI supporter Rob Foster was on duty selling raffle tickets.

St Bees RNLI volunteer crew were kept very busy throughout the day showing many people their lifeboat and tractor They also gave tours around the lifeboat station where everyone got a chance to see firsthand what happens when the pagers go off.

Stormy Stan the RNLI mascot came down to take part in the fun and have a look at some of the great sandcastles. He was kept that busy he had to have a rest in some of the deckchairs.

Dick Beddow St Bees RNLI Operations Manager said ‘It was lovely to see so many people down at the beach enjoying a great family day out and learning a little of how the RNLI at St Bees operates. We would like to thank everyone who came along and supported the event and look forward to welcoming them back again next year’.

Stormy Stan taking a well earned rest

RNLI/Colin Wadey

Stormy Stan taking a well earned rest
One of the many great sand sculptures

RNLI/Colin Wadey

One of the many great sand sculptures

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